List of submissions to the 61st Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film

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The following 31 films, all from different countries, were submitted for the 61st Academy Awards in the category Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. The bolded titles were the five nominated films, which came from Belgium, Denmark (winner), Hungary, India and Spain.

The Dutch submission, the thriller The Vanishing, was disqualified by the Oscar committee. AMPAS complained that less than 50% of the dialogue in the film was in Dutch, and that French was the majority language. Although the film was made by the Netherlands with a French-Dutch filmmaker and a mixed cast (mostly Dutch), AMPAS deemed that the film was not suitable to represent the Netherlands. The Netherlands declined to send another film, leaving them unrepresented for the first time since 1972.

The Soviet film was filmed in 1967, but was banned for twenty years.


Submitting country Film title used in nomination Language(s) Original title Director(s) Result
 Argentina The Debt (Spanish) La Deuda interna Miguel Pereira Not Nominated
 Austria Undiscovered Country (German) Das Weite Land Luc Bondy Not Nominated
 Belgium The Music Teacher (French) Le Maître de musique Gérard Corbiau Nominated
 Brazil The Story of Fausta (Portuguese) Romance da Empregada Bruno Barreto Not Nominated
 Bulgaria Where Do We Go? (Bulgarian) А сега накъде Rangel Vulchanov Not Nominated
 Canada The Revolving Doors (French) Les portes tournantes Francis Mankiewicz Not Nominated
 China Red Sorghum (Chinese) 红高粱 Zhang Yimou Not Nominated
 Cuba Letters from the Park (Spanish) Cartas del parque Tomás Gutiérrez Alea Not Nominated
 Denmark Pelle the Conqueror (Danish) Pelle erobreren Bille August Won Academy Award
 Dominican Republic A One-Way Ticket (Spanish) Un Pasaje de Ida Agliberto Meléndez Not Nominated
 France La Lectrice (French) La Lectrice Michel Deville Not Nominated
 West Germany Yasemin (German) Yasemin Hark Bohm Not Nominated
 Greece In the Shadow of Fear (Greek) Στη σκιά του τρόμου Yiorgos Karypidis Not Nominated
 Hungary Hanussen (Hungarian) Hanussen István Szabó Nominated
 Iceland In the Shadow of the Raven (Icelandic) Í skugga hrafnsins Hrafn Gunnlaugsson Not Nominated
 India Salaam Bombay! (Hindi) Salaam Bombay! Mira Nair Nominated
 Israel The Summer of Aviya (Hebrew) הקיץ של אביה Eli Cohen Not Nominated
 Italy The Legend of the Holy Drinker (Italian) La Leggenda del santo bevitore Ermanno Olmi Not Nominated
 Japan Hope and Pain (Japanese) ダウンタウン・ヒーローズ Yôji Yamada Not Nominated
 Mexico The Last Tunnel (Spanish) El Último túnel Servando González Not Nominated
 Netherlands The Vanishing (Dutch) (French) Spoorloos George Sluizer Disqualified
 Nicaragua The Spectre of War (Spanish) El Espectro de la guerra Ramiro Lacayo-Deshon Not Nominated
 Norway The Ice Palace (Norwegian) Is-slottet Per Blom Not Nominated
 Peru The Mouth of the Wolf (Spanish) La Boca del lobo Francisco J. Lombardi Not Nominated
 Poland A Short Film About Love (Polish) Krótki film o milosci Krzysztof Kieslowski Not Nominated
 Portugal Hard Times (Portuguese) Tempos Difíceis João Botelho Not Nominated
 Puerto Rico Tango Bar (Spanish) Tango Bar Marcos Zurinaga Not Nominated
 Spain Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Spanish) Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios Pedro Almodóvar Nominated
  Switzerland La Méridienne (French) La Méridienne Jean-François Amiguet Not Nominated
 Taiwan My Mother's Teahouse (Chinese) 春秋茶室 Kun Ho Chen Not Nominated
 Soviet Union Commissar (Russian) Комиссар Aleksandr Askoldov Not Nominated
 Yugoslavia My Uncle's Legacy (Serbo-Croatian) Život sa stricem Krsto Papić Not Nominated